The range of the guitar in context
I thought this was so good I decided to blog this information, so thanks Nal for sorting this, let’s share this information!
What you find in this picture is the connection between the piano, the guitar and the stave.
The “middle C” as it’s called on piano sits between the treble clef and the bass clef on a ledger line for piano players.
This C is on string 6, fret 8.
Same note on different strings
On the guitar, unlike on a piano, you can find the same note on several strings.
Let’s explore this, using the diagram above:
Middle C can be found in two places, on string 6, fret 8 and on string 5, fret 3.
The octave of this C, which sits on the stave, can be found in 4 places:
- String 5, fret 15
- String 4, fret 10
- String 3, fret 5
- String 2, fret 1
The next octave of this C, which you find above the stave on two ledger lines, can be found in two places on the guitar:
- String 2, fret 13
- String 1, fret 8
Find more notes in more places!
A great exercises in order to find all the notes on the fretboard is to take a note like I just did and find it on as many places on the neck as possible.
Maybe you could pick a new note every day, like A for example, how many places on the neck can you find an A?
First start with the lowest, how many strings? Then move on to the next octave, find all A’s here.
As a variation to this exercise you could ignore what the octave is and just aim to find the note all over the neck.
Maybe this time you start at the lowest fret possible and then move up the neck, play all notes.
If this was an A you would move up like this:
- Open A string
- Fret 2, string 3
- Fret 5, String 1 and 6
- Fret 7, string 4
- Fret 10, string 2
- Fret 12, string 5
- Fret 14, string 3
- Fret 17, string 1 and 6
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